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Cleaning Up the Nation

Austin Bay:

If Air America were a conservative radio network its corrupt funding trail and cynical abuse of a poverty program would be front page news at the NY Times and full-time mega-scandal at

Rank Materialism

Freedom. I am now the proud new owner of a Gateway 6020GZ laptop, perfect for students and others with limited means. I can now go into a Starbucks or a Barnes & Noble and look like I'm doing some

Fallujah Fonda

Uh-oh. From the Telegraph comes this exciting news:

Jane Fonda is returning to anti-war activism and embarking on a cross-country tour to call for an end to US military operations in Iraq.

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John Pilger: Partner in Terrorism

In an outrageous piece of terrorist propaganda appearing on the cover of today's New Statesman, John Pilger puts the blame for the 7/7 London attacks not on the terrorists, but rather on Tony Blair:

Style vs. Substance at The Daily Show

Ann Althouse recently posted her observation that The Daily Show was losing some viewers possibly because of its increasing partisanship. This is something I had noticed myself but hadn't seen written about before. And I certainly fit the profile of one of those viewers.

I used to watch quite often, but now Jon Stewart's partisan smugness annoys me from time to time. I get the sense that the show's writers do make fun of both sides equally: they ridicule the Republicans' policies and the Democrats' style. There's an undercurrent on the show that in a perfect world, the Democrats would win the day but are often too inept to make it happen, while Republicans are mostly up to no good. The stupid party versus the evil party.

Ed Koch was the interview on last night's show, as Ann noted today in another post. Koch was the only reason I watched. When he announced that he supported the reelection of President Bush, the crowd booed. Koch asked, "Why is it only liberals that boo?" Ann writes:

Jon Stewart nicely chided the audience: "Don't make me come out there." (By the way, Stewart, who began the show explaining the big "Crossfire" incident, seems to be trying harder to make fun of both sides. Keep it up, Jon. I'll notice.)

I think Ann's being too kind here. Stewart followed that remark by telling Koch "Liberals boo, conservatives... bomb." Yikes. What, no liberals supported bombing Afghanistan, Jon?

It was just another example of The Daily Show's fake balance. Ridicule the substance of the right, but limit the ridicule of the other side to issues of style or personality. I have no problem with the show doing that of course- it's a free country and all that. But the conceit that they're equal opportunity offenders is just wrong. I'll take South Park, thanks.

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I had dropped a note to Comedy Central about this a week or so ago... right before I stopped watching. I'm not "boycotting" or anything but I don't feel an urge any more to see a 1 hour attack on Bush that longer even tried to be even handed.

I like Jon, and after the election and certainly on election night I will tune in... but until then the smug attacks are too much. He was insulting to Koch last night and it's only going to get worse.

Oddly, Tough Crowd is becommng an awesome show that maintains balance.

I stopped watching for exactly the same reason. It wasn't intentional. I could just feel the partisanship so I changed the channel and don't watch anymore. I don't even think about it anymore. I'm not shocked that their ratings have gone down. I watched because I thought they were equal opportunity offenders, but they're not.

Jon Stewart bombs sometimes, too.

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